This weekend and the following week will feature a myriad of events to mark Veterans Day hosted by Coast cities, schools and organizations.
With more than 40,000 veterans on the Coast, it will be a busy week.
Here's a sampling of some of the events:
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11 a.m.: Gulf Coast Veterans Day parade in downtown Gulfport and Red, White and Blue in Jones Park Festival.
1 p.m.: Long Beach Veterans Day parade and concert at the Town Green on Jeff Davis Avenue
4 p.m.: Veterans Day Pier Walk at Ken Combs Pier on U.S. 90 at Courthouse Road in Gulfport
7:15 a.m.: Gautier High School 16th annual veterans breakfast. Program to begin at 8:15 a.m. featuring keynote speaker Chad E. Daniels, who served n the Air Force and Mississippi National Guard and was hired by the state in 1999 to develop the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby.
9 a.m.: Long Beach Middle School Annual Veterans' Day program featuring keynote speaker Lt. Commander Preston Roland, site director for Center for Security Forces at the Seabee base in Gulfport.
12:20 p.m.: Veterans Walk at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jackson County campus, begins at the flagpole in front of the Warner Peterson Administration Building
11 a.m.: Gautier Veterans Day laying of the wreath ceremony at City Hall
11 a.m.: Veterans Ceremony, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College George County center in the Academic Building lobby
11 a.m.: 15th annual Jackson County Veterans Day Program at Moss Point Veterans Memorial Monument
12 p.m.: Veterans Day Ceremony in the Veterans Courtyard at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Jefferson Davis campus. General Mark Brown, the commander of the 2nd Air Force, will speak.
4:15 p.m.: Fallen Soldier 5K Run/Walk at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston campus, registration at the Bell Tower
2 p.m.: Biloxi Veterans Day Concert and Celebration at Biloxi Civic Center, vendor sales begin at 2 p.m., concert begins at 5 p.m. Artists include Raelyn Nelson, Buck Allen, Ashton Shepherd, Bill Cherry. General admission $45.